Archive of July 21, 2006

U.S. Bishops Push for Parental Rights in Abortion Cases

Jul 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal William Keeler, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Pro-Life Activities, released a statement this week, urging the Senate to pass an act that would affirm parents’ right to protect their minor daughters from those who would facilitate abortions for them.

Archbishop Chaput urges civility, compassion in immigration debate

Jul 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In the first of a series of town hall meetings on the volatile national immigration debate Monday, Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput urged listeners at Our Lady of Peace parish in Greeley, Colorado to show compassion for immigrants, calling for truly comprehensive reform of the country’s struggling immigration system.

House Bill could save embattled San Diego cross

Jul 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a hard-fought bill which could save a war memorial which overlooks the city of San Diego from nearby Mount Soledad and features a large Latin-style cross.

Group urges students to bring Bibles into the classroom

Jul 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A New Jersey-based group is encouraging students to bring their Bibles to class this fall for “Scriptures in School Week”, a new initiative aimed at increasing Biblical literacy in public schools through scholarly and non-confrontational means.

Melkite Catholic Archbishop issues “SOS” for Christians in Galilee

Jul 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, in midst of a general conflagration between the resistant movements in Lebanon and the Israeli authorities, Elias Chacour, the Melkite Catholic Archbishop of Akka, Haifa, Nazareth and all of Galilee, urgently appealed to the organization Aid to the Church in Need for help.

U.S. House votes to protect “God” from courts

Jul 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The United States House of Representatives voted on Wednesday in support of a bill that would protect the phrase, “under God,” which rests in the middle of the country’s Pledge of Allegiance.  The phrase has been threatened by U.S. courts in recent years.

Bolivian press denounces unidentified NGO for helping 10 year-old girl obtain an abortion

Jul 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Various media sources in the Bolivian capital reported Thursday an unidentified non-governmental organization (NGO) has helped a 10 year-old girl obtain an abortion in violation of an order to await a Court ruling on the matter.

Frequent confession essential for priests, says German archbishop

Jul 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg said this week that priests who want to be effective in their spiritual work must themselves seek regular personal spiritual direction and confession.

Mexican bishops announce week of prayer for national reconciliation

Jul 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of Mexico have called for a week of prayer for national reconciliation to be held July 31-August 6, amidst the tensions surrounding the results of the recent presidential elections.

Altar boys to hand out Pope’s favorite cookie in preparation for September visit

Jul 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of altar boys from the Bavarian city of Ratisbona have come up with a curious plan to promote Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Germany, scheduled to take place in just under 50 days.  They have announced they will be handing out the Pontiff’s favorite cookie to passers-by to encourage participation in the papal events.

Aid to the Church in Need denounces growing persecution of Christians in Asia

Jul 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to Aid to the Church in Need’s 2005 report on religious freedom, persecution of Christians in Asia is on the rise, with thousands suffering torture, prison or death at the hands of political and religious leaders in Asian countries.

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